Quakers edged by Earlham, 10-9
Errors lead to seven unearned runs
March 27, 2012
Luke Teeters scored two runs in Wilmington's 10-9 loss at Earlham.
RICHMOND, Ind. — Defensive miscues were the difference between winning and losing as Wilmington College dropped a 10-9 decision at Earlham Tuesday night.
Wilmington is now 3-9 on the season while Earlham improves to 10-7.
“We just made too many errors,” Wilmington head coach Tony Haley lamented. “We did a lot of things very well. We hit the ball well. We’re getting there. We’re real close to turning it on, but we have to play better defense.”
Three Wilmington errors led to seven unearned runs, including a pair in the home first as Earlham took a quick 3-1 lead.
After falling behind, 4-1, Wilmington’s bats got untracked in the third when Hunter Justus (Circleville/Logan Elm) doubled in a pair of runs. The double was one of six in the game for Wilmington.
Austin Newman (Bethel/Bethel-Tate) ripped a run-scoring double in the fourth as Wilmington tied the game at 4.
Earlham took a 7-4 lead in the home fourth after a two-out Wilmington error opened the door for a 3-run homer.
Andrew Snell (Jamestown/Greeneview) delivered an RBI single that highlighted a two-run fifth inning as Wilmington pulled within a run.
Newman scored on an Earlham balk in the sixth inning to tie things at 7.
The Indiana Quakers plated two unearned runs in the home sixth, and led, 9-7.
Bruce Dunlap (Circleville/Logan Elm) continued to wave a smoking-hot bat. The senior ripped a double in the eighth that chased home Luke Teeters (Waverly) and Newman to knot the score at 9.
After Justus took the mound in relief and escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth, Wilmington went out in order in the top of the ninth.
Earlham pushed the game-winner across in the ninth to end the wild 3-hour non-conference battle.
Wilmington out-hit Earlham, 11-8.
Dunlap raised his batting average to .510 with two doubles and a single in five at-bats. Newman is now at .395 after a 3-for-4 night with two doubles, a single, an RBI and three runs scored. Justus drove in two runs with a pair of hits and is now batting .394. Cameron Schwalbach (Circleville) doubled and singled to move his batting average to .357.
Wilmington is scheduled to host Wittenberg in a 9-inning game at 4 p.m. Wednesday.